Monday February 8th 2016

Posts Tagged ‘chemistry’

Burning to learn

Burning to learn

  In central California’s Yosemite National Park, it doesn’t take much to set the forest on fire. A discarded cigarette. A match. Or, as is often the case, a bolt of lightning. On July 31, 2011, thunder boomed as a severe storm pelted the park. The lightning struck [Read More]

The smell of old people

The smell of old people

When most people talk about “old people smell,” they’re complaining about something unpleasant. But in a new study, scientists report that the scent of the elderly isn’t that bad. In fact, it’s rather pleasant, at least compared to the intense odor of a [Read More]

Meat from scratch

Meat from scratch

  If all goes according to Mark Post’s plan, he will appear on television in October and devour a hamburger that costs about twice as much as most houses do in the United States. Yes, as Charlotte the spider might have written, that’s some burger. “It’s not [Read More]

Self-cleaning clothes

Self-cleaning clothes

Cleaning clothes usually requires soap and water to remove stains and smells, and a tumble in the dryer or an afternoon on the clothesline to dry. The time and energy needed to turn a heap of dirty laundry into a pile of clean clothes might make people wish for clothes that [Read More]

Drugs with Bad Vibes

Drugs with Bad Vibes

  Question: Which has the biggest impact on global warming: A coal-fired power plant, 1,000,000 cars, or the global total of inhaled anesthetics – those dreamy drugs that knock you out for surgery? This show from the Loh Down on Science has the answer. It aired [Read More]

Sea Changes

Sea Changes

Every day, the ocean absorbs about 22 million tons of carbon dioxide, which is about the weight of 15 million hybrid automobiles. Just as you can’t see the carbon dioxide that comes out of your own body each time you exhale, you can’t see the gas as it dissolves into [Read More]

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Finding Foods for the Future

Finding Foods for the Future

This translucent red alga grows along northern, rocky coastlines of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. And its colorful, [Read More]

Of Waves and Wallpaper

Of Waves and Wallpaper

To most people, wallpaper is little more than a decorative background on a flat surface: Pleasing designs, pasted in [Read More]

Going deep

Going deep

  HOW low can you go? Dedicated deep cavers plumb the depths for an answer, and a newly announced expedition may [Read More]

Your weight is about to be redefined

Your weight is about to be redefined

I wrote about the upcoming redefinition of the kilogram for Nautilus. [Read More]

Uncharted underground

Uncharted underground

Matt Covington didn’t sleep much the night before his big swim. Who could blame him? For two days, the wiry caver [Read More]

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